3/31 Ups & Downs
A Congressman makes headlines all week, a candidate considers tossing his hat into the ring, and a new show for a longtime Pennsylvania reporter. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Charlie Dent. Congressman Charlie Dent has been in the press constantly this week for standing against the far right parts of the Republican Party and probably gaining support of many moderates across the state and country in the process.
Scott Wagner. State Senator Scott Wagner’s comments on the cause of climate change will not make him many friends on the other side of the aisle, and will likely be brought up again in his run for Governor.
Justin Simmons. State Representative Justin Simmons revealed this week he is considering a run for Lieutenant Governor. As a candidate with little statewide name recognition getting into the race early is the best way to build the statewide support that is necessary to win. But his broken promise to retire after three terms in his current seat will be an issue for him the entire campaign.
Al Schmidt and Philly DA’s Office. Only time will tell if the PAGOP’s federal lawsuit will yield charges, changes, or is primarily a vehicle to keep ‘Philly Dems are corrupt’ in the headlines. But City Commissioner Al Schmidt and the District Attorney’s office reacted quickly to the claims of voter fraud and electioneering in the 197th District special election, opening an investigation the same day the official results were tallied.
Al Lord and PSU. Penn State Trustee Al Lord said this week that he was “running out of sympathy” for the “so-called” victims of Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was convicted of 45 charges related child sexual abuse. He made this statement days after former PSU President Graham Spanier was found guilty of child endangerment. The entire exchange casts another shadow of Penn State and its handling of the Sandusky conviction.
Salena Zito. The longtime Pittsburgh reporter launched her own show on SiriusXM this week. The show will air every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. on the P.O.T.U.S. channel. Zito gained national fame when she coined the phrase “The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally” about Trump. She is growing her national profile after having her ear to the ground and hearing the populist movement in 2016.
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The tweet of the week goes to Jake Sternberger for his breakdown of life’s seasons:
Wozniak in '16: "If a person’s life is broken down by seasons, I have been a public servant for a summer & an autumn." He's back for winter. https://t.co/f8TigAKcYI
— Jake Sternberger (@JakeSternberger) March 30, 2017